Celebrated author Ngugi wa Thiong’o, who is currently one of the front-runners to win the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature according to the London Guardian, will appear at Manhattanville College in Purchase on Friday, September 26 as part of the MFA program's annual Fall Writers Weekend.
Notable works by Ngugi include Caitani Mutharabaini (Devil on the Cross), a novel written on toilet paper while he was imprisoned, Mind and Barrel of a Pen: Resistance to Repression in Neocolonial Kenya, a critical essay, and the memoir Detained: A Writer’s Prison Diary.
Ngugi will join the college as they host a one-day symposium in the West Room (Reid Castle). The symposium will begin at 3:30 pm with a panel on Ngugi’s life and work. Featured presenters who will participate in the event include John M. Mugane, Professor of the Practice of African Languages and Cultures and Director of the African Language Program at Harvard University, Hunter College Professor Jeremy Glick, and Manhattanville College Visiting Assistant Professor Fatin Abbas. Ngugi will provide a keynote reading from his works at 7:00 pm.
Below is a recent video of Ngugi appearing on BCC to explain the important role of language in hierarchies and systems of oppression.